Residents consider options for closing Plainville-Southington linear trail gap

Residents consider options for closing Plainville-Southington linear trail gap

Record-Journal


PLAINVILLE — Using markers and string, residents recently mapped out potential ways to close a 4-mile gap in the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.

Most of the 84-mile heritage trail has been completed, but a gap exists in Plainville and part of Southington.

“I thought it was quite successful,” said town resident Jim Cassidy, head of the Plainville Greenway Alliance.

Cassidy joined Mark DeVoe, town director of economic development and planning, and others Monday to consider how the trail might run through Plainville.

The Capitol Region Council of Governments, primary sponsor of the Gap Closure Study, has been working with the community for the past six months on closing the trail gap.

A survey was recently launched to gauge trail usage. Monday’s workshop gave the community a more hands-on approach to the study.

Participants were broken up into groups of eight and given a map to mark possible destination points in town. Schools, parks, and residential neighborhoods were all taken into consideration.

“The public was able to utilize the tools provided to visualize alternate trails,” DeVoe said. “No final trail has been selected yet.”

The location of the new trail in town is expected to be finalized in August.

More information can be found at http://www.gapclosurestudy.com/


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